The October 2013 PSQ Charm Swap is winding down. Oh, all you wonderful quilters out there, cutting charms and sending them all around the world! I am pleased to say that nearly all the loose ends, at least the ones I know about, are clearing up. There have been a few bumps, small to me but not to the people that they happened too. A swapper not answering, newbies disappearing, people signing up for the wrong size swap, and such. My brain got confused by the fact that we have four swappers with the same name. It takes a while but it usually all works out.
Life will soon get back to normal at my home. Yes, it does take a chunk of my time no matter how organized I try to keep it. After six swaps, I have a few ideas of how to make the seventh swap work even better.
I get many notes from people thanking me, and I really do appreciate hearing that. But I do this because I love it. I have an addiction to these little charms, and the lovely quilts they create. Surely I need to hook others on this addiction!
But, without naming names, I want to share some tidbits that make managing this swap actually amazing. Aside from the fact that I like the idea of sharing across borders and boundaries, it is really all the people that make it an interesting experience.
I have had at least two emails a day telling me how the swap, or a swap partner, has “made their day.” These swappers nearly always go on to share a story. Some are dealing with job loss, others loss of a parent. We have swappers who are raw from recent divorces, or coming out of shelters and starting life over. People are going through chemo, and coming home to lovely little parcels that bring cheer and hope. One swapper is hand-stitching charms together sitting by a child’s hospital bed. After an earlier swap, one of our swappers passed away before completing a quilt for his god-daughter. No one in his family sewed, but they gathered together and finished that special quilt.
I started these swaps because I love PSQ quilts, and I was looking for ways to help others build a stash of charms and make their own unique treasures. Soon I saw that people were making friends and gaining the modern-day equivalent of pen-pals. I am humbled that some of you are actually finding this to be a welcome diversion or a little step forward as you start a new stage of life.
Yes, there will be two swaps again next year. The basics will be similar, and there will be a limit of 8 sets swapped per swapper per size (unless you all get busy and help me find a lot more people to join the swap!)
I hope you are gathering new scraps and will be cutting sets to share. If you have read any of my CQ “Cotton We Love” Chronicles, you know that I encourage people to think about the hands that made the fabric, the hands that will sew it into something unique. While you are cutting, please take a moment to realize that these little charms may take on a special meaning in their new homes. That makes for an amazing swap!
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